[Harp-L] Stevie Wonder's sound
Mon May 23 13:11:00 EDT 2016
I especially agree that his use of the tongue to articulate and attack
notes, and the influence of classic soul, gospel, and R&B phrasing -
especially in the upper end of the chrom range - really give him that
unique quality and sound. Richard Hunter's intro writing to the Stevie
Wonder section in Jazz Harmonica gives some good insight also.
On Mon, May 23, 2016 at 9:35 AM, Michael Rubin <
michaelrubinharmonica at gmail.com> wrote:
> Learn as many Stevie solos note for note.
> One thing I feel Stevie makes a lot of use of is bends, but generally quick
> ones to either begin a sound and then release the bend or punctuate a non
> bent note, then a quick bend and stop the sound.
> Also his use of tongue articulation to create pizzicatto sounds is amazing
> and as far as I am concerned never duplicated.
> Michael Rubin
> On Sun, May 22, 2016 at 10:29 PM, Bob Cohen <bob at bobjcohen.com> wrote:
> > > On May 22, 2016, at 11:12 PM, Sheltraw <macaroni9999 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Ok, so if a student was to ask you how to imitate Stevie's sound what
> > would you advise them to do?
> > Practice for 10,000 hours, which is what it takes to become a master.
> > http://www.wisdomgroup.com/blog/10000-hours-of-practice/ In all
> > seriousness, there’s no substitute for mindful listening and mindful
> > practice. :-)
> > -Bob
David S McCurry, EdD
DS McCurry Fine Arts Studio
Jacaranda Educational Development, LLC
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